Category Archives: Digital Families Podcast

Digital Families a 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.

Kids Help Line Tony Fitzgerald – Digital Families Podcast

Kids Help Line Tony Fitzgerald – Digital Families Podcast

Kids Help Line “Every 69 seconds a young person contacts Kids Helpline” What are they calling about? What happens during a call? What happens next? My guest today is Tony Fitzgerald from YourTown who operates the “Kids Help Line”,

Kids Help Line
Kids Help Line

 “Every 69 seconds a young person contacts Kids Helpline”

 

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Tony Fitzgerald YouTown and Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for children and young people aged 5 to 25. In 2021 the service celebrated it’s 30th year of operation. Tony FitzGerald manages yourtown’s Virtual Services (which includes Kids Helpline, Kids Helpline @ School and Parentline) and has the privilege of leading a team of over 230 staff who each day support children, young people and their parents across a range of issues including mental health, suicide and self harm, child abuse and neglect, family relationships and online safety including cyberbullying and image based abuse.

Kids Help Line
Kids Help Line Contact Entry Points
Kids Help Line Contact Entry Points

Parent Line – Help for Parents

Parent Line

Link To Parent Line https://kidshelpline.com.au/parents/issues/how-parentline-can-help-you

 

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Generation Alpha, What Does Their Future Hold?

Generation Alpha, What Does Their Future Hold?

In this podcast I chat with Mark McCrindle who is a social researcher and futurist. He is internationally recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. He coined the term ‘Generation Alpha’ children born after 2010 who are now 10 years of age and younger. Mark McCrindle is an award- winning social researcher. We talk about how screens are effecting this generations maturity, and what sort of jobs and lifestyle this generation can look forward to. We also discuss the positive future these children may have with emerging technology. Find more information about Generation Alpha and the Book Here: Continue Reading

“Boys To Men” Parenting Boys With Maggie Dent

“Boys To Men” Parenting Boys With Maggie Dent

In this podcast Leonie and Maggie chat about raising our boys to be good men. We also talk about how boys are being too contained in our modern world they need more freedom and realistic learning environments that involve physicality. We also chat about boys and screens. If you have a son that seems as if he cannot leave his screen this is for you. What can you do if dragging your son away from that video game seems like pulling teeth. Will he ever find life away from his device? Continue Reading

The “Ten-Ager” with Author Madonna King – Digital Family Podcast

The “Ten-Ager” with Author Madonna King – Digital Family Podcast

Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having won awards for her ABC Mornings current affairs program. She writes across Fairfax, Crikey and The New Daily, and is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Being 14 (ABIA shortlisted for non-fiction book of the year), Fathers and Daughters and now Ten-ager. Madonna… Continue Reading

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

My guest today is someone I’ve had on Digital Families twice before. Michelle has such an amazing insight into parenting, that I’m constantly recommending her to parents who need good straight talking advice about their children’s issues.  Michelle Mitchell an author, speaker and advocate for families and parenting teenagers. She is the author of 2… Continue Reading

‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

Many parents are really struggling to help and supervise their children’s online world and learning. Why are parents being blamed and marginalised for “Bad Digital Parenting” Is this fair? In her latest research and book “Parenting For A Digital Future” Professor Sandra Livingstone asked parents from all sorts of backgrounds about what their hopes were… Continue Reading

How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

My guest today is Fred Bretthauer. Fred is a senior Family Dispute Mediator with Catholic Care and a committee member of the Family Law Pathways Network in Sydney. He has been resolving family separation disputes for over 10 years, he also runs education seminars for parents who are experiencing ongoing conflict. Family disputes involving the… Continue Reading

Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

On this weeks “Digital Families” Podcast with Leonie Smith. How Safe Are They? Smart Watches, Talking Internet Connected Dolls, Mobile Devices and Smart Speakers? With Christmas almost upon us, and the last days of shopping for presents looming, many parents and grandparents may be considering a tech toy for the little one for Christmas this… Continue Reading

“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

My guest on the Digital Families Podcast today is Catherine Knibbs   Catherine is a Clinical Doctorial Researcher, Consultant, Public Speaker, Author and Child & Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She writes about and works with “Cybertrauma” which is any trauma that occurs through an internet ready device. Catherine is undoubtably one of the most experienced and… Continue Reading